Brian Naylor http://kbia.org en Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy http://kbia.org/post/obama-administration-opens-review-its-deportation-policy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policy. According to the president, it's an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is leading the review, meeting with numerous groups, ranging from agricultural workers to religious leaders to members of Congress. Many organizations have been weighing in with ideas of how they'd like to ease the rules. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 51837 at http://kbia.org As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized http://kbia.org/post/man-faces-nature-more-often-us-agency-scrutinized <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ju2e0InMus</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:49:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 50857 at http://kbia.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate http://kbia.org/post/rising-gop-star-oklahoma-aims-us-senate The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.<p>Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.<p>On Saturday night, the Comanche County Republican Party held its annual barbecue. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 50525 at http://kbia.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate In Airliner Search, Countries Still Wonder What Parts To Play http://kbia.org/post/airliner-search-countries-still-wonder-what-parts-play FBI investigators are now joining the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It's one more instance of increasingly closer international cooperation in the search — though confusion persists. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49889 at http://kbia.org Toyota, Justice Department Reach Settlement On Recall http://kbia.org/post/toyota-justice-department-reach-settlement-recall The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it has reached a billion-dollar agreement with Toyota, settling a federal probe into the company's handling of a recall for faulty gas pedals. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49867 at http://kbia.org U.S. Checks For Stolen Passports, But Other Nations Fall Short http://kbia.org/post/us-checks-stolen-passports-other-nations-fall-short One of the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing is the appearance of two men on the flight manifest who were apparently traveling with stolen passports.<p>On U.S.-bound flights there are safeguards aimed at preventing that from happening. Interpol, the international police organization, issued a statement criticizing Malaysia for allowing the passengers to board the flight.<p>Since 9/11, Interpol has maintained a database of stolen passports containing more than 40 million entries, according to the agency. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49372 at http://kbia.org Behind The Curtain At The Clinton White House http://kbia.org/post/behind-curtain-clinton-white-house Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The Clinton Library and the National Archives released some 4,000 documents today from the Clinton administration. Among other things, the papers the deal with the Clinton's defeated healthcare reforms and then First Lady Hillary Clinton's image. They're part of a trove of documents and the first of several batches to be made public. NPR's Brian Naylor has been going through them and he joins me now. Brian, welcome.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: Hi, Melissa.<p>BLOCK: And why the release now? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 48906 at http://kbia.org Feeling The Fiscal Squeeze, EPA Seeks To Slim Down http://kbia.org/post/feeling-fiscal-squeeze-epa-seeks-slim-down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has a lot on its plate, now add to that budget concerns. The agency is hoping to trim its staff. Like a number of other government agencies, the EPA is offering buyouts to employees.<p>As NPR's Brian Naylor reports, it's all part of a shrinking federal workforce.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The EPA has a pretty significant workload these days. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 48790 at http://kbia.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services http://kbia.org/post/post-office-could-rack-billions-offering-money-services As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money each year, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a check cashing card that would allow holders to make purchases and pay bills online or even take out small loans. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 47793 at http://kbia.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail http://kbia.org/post/putting-brake-who-can-see-your-cars-data-trail At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, carmakers are happy to demonstrate the technology in their vehicles. A spokeswoman for Buick points out some of the safety features in the new Regal:<p>"Automatic crash preparation," she says. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 46994 at http://kbia.org Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail Former Va. Gov. And Wife Face 14-Count Indictment http://kbia.org/post/former-va-gov-and-wife-face-14-count-indictment Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Just 10 days after leaving office, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was indicted today by federal prosecutors for corruption. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting gifts from a wealthy Virginia businessman.<p>NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The cloud of a possible indictment hung over McDonnell's final months in office, ever since it became clear that the U.S. Attorney in Richmond was investigating the McDonnells for taking gifts and loans from Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 46945 at http://kbia.org Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road http://kbia.org/post/jobs-pitchman-takes-labor-departments-show-road Tom Perez is having fun at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. He sits in a Corvette, climbs into a new pickup truck, and gamely poses for pictures next to a $140,000 Dodge Viper.<p>"Any federal employee who's driving a Dodge Viper either has a really good spouse, a really good inheritance or needs to be investigated by the inspector general," he jokes.<p>Perez, 52, became the Obama administration's labor secretary in July, and he's one of a parade of administration officials to stop by the auto show this week. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 46731 at http://kbia.org Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried http://kbia.org/post/tighter-access-death-master-file-has-researchers-worried The "Death Master File." It sounds like a ledger the Grim Reaper might keep, but in reality, it's a computerized list containing some 86 million names and other data kept by the Social Security Administration.<p>An obscure provision tucked into the budget deal that Congress approved last month would limit access to the list — and that has everyone from genealogists to bankers concerned.<p>When someone dies, that person's Social Security number, name and dates of birth and death are passed on to Social Security by funeral homes, hospitals and families. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 46288 at http://kbia.org Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice http://kbia.org/post/next-joe-biden-busy-year-and-choice This was a busy year for Vice President Joe Biden: He was President Obama's point man on gun control; he traveled widely, pushing for infrastructure spending; and he recently returned form a trip to Asia, where he met with the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea.<p>In 2014, Biden may face an even busier schedule, as he stumps for Democratic congressional candidates in advance of November's midterm elections and tries to decide whether to make another run for president himself.<p>From the start of his association with Obama, Biden made clear he didn't want a ceremonial role as vice presiden Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:27:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 45920 at http://kbia.org Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice FCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost http://kbia.org/post/fcc-proposes-am-radio-changes-give-band-boost AM radio once played a central role in American life. The family would gather around the Philco to hear the latest Western or detective drama. The transistor radio was where baby boomers first heard the Beatles and other Top 40 hits. And, of course, there's no better way to take in a ballgame.<p>But the AM band is not what it used to be. Now, it's mostly a mix of talk shows and infomercials. According to the Federal Communications Commission, in the mid-1980s, AM radio still claimed 30 percent of the nation's radio listening hours. By 2010, that had dwindled to 17 percent. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:49:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 44724 at http://kbia.org FCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service http://kbia.org/post/how-kennedys-assassination-changed-secret-service Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, a moment that left an indelible mark on those who remember it.<p>It also permanently changed the agency charged with protecting the president — the U.S. Secret Service.<p>Looking back at the images of Kennedy, first lady Jackie Kennedy, Texas Gov. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:13:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43437 at http://kbia.org How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service FAA OKs More In-Flight Use Of Electronic Gadgets http://kbia.org/post/faa-oks-more-flight-use-electronic-gadgets Good news for air travelers who can't get enough of their electronic devices: The FAA is relaxing rules on their use aboard airliners. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43053 at http://kbia.org On Capitol Hill, A Statue And A Rock God Bring Politicians Together http://kbia.org/post/capitol-hill-rock-god-and-statue-bring-politicians-together Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, an unlikely scene unfolded as a bust of Winston Churchill was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday. The entertainment: Roger Daltrey. Who? Yes, Roger Daltrey of the 1960s rock band The Who. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 42983 at http://kbia.org 'Loyal Soldier' Sebelius Vows To Stay Put, Fix HealthCare.gov http://kbia.org/post/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-stay-put-fix-healthcaregov This has not been an easy month for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.<p>Republican Sen. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:07:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 42758 at http://kbia.org 'Loyal Soldier' Sebelius Vows To Stay Put, Fix HealthCare.gov Government Workers Must Get The Wheel Turning Again http://kbia.org/post/government-workers-must-get-wheel-turning-again Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, with the government funding and debt ceiling deal now reached, passed and signed, government agencies are set to reopen. But don't expect all federal offices to take your calls just yet. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: University of Alabama geologist Samantha Hansen has been conducting a research project in Antarctica that, in one way, is like most everything else, funded by the federal government. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 42248 at http://kbia.org Shutdown Takes A Toll On GOP In Virginia Governor's Race http://kbia.org/post/shutdown-takes-toll-gop-virginia-governors-race With the government shutdown now in its 11th day, <a href="http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/10/20903624-nbcwsj-poll-shutdown-debate-damages-gop?lite" target="_blank">polls show</a> that voters think Republicans bear the biggest share of the blame.<p>Nowhere is this more apparent than in Virginia — a state that's home to some 172,000 federal civilian workers and where federal spending is a big part of the economy. In the race to be Virginia's next governor, GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli is falling in the polls.<p>Marsha Rippy, a legal assistant in Hopewell, Va. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 41984 at http://kbia.org If The Government Closes, 'Essential' Employees Would Work http://kbia.org/post/if-government-closes-essential-employees-would-work Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Thursday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Congress has until Tuesday to agree on funding for federal agencies in order to avoid a partial government shutdown. So let's look this morning at exactly what that shutdown would mean.<p>INSKEEP: Lawmakers are coming near the wire because of Republican efforts to include a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 41122 at http://kbia.org Not-So-Fond Memories From The Last Government Shutdowns http://kbia.org/post/not-so-fond-memories-last-government-shutdowns For those old enough to remember, the government shutdown skirmishing now underway in Washington brings back some not-so-fond memories of late 1995 and early 1996.<p>That's the last time a divided government, unable to settle its differences before the money from previous years' spending bills ran out, forced dozens of agencies to close. Some 800,000 federal workers were told to stay home and millions of Americans were shut out of everything from their national parks to small-business loans.<p>In fact, in 1995 and '96 there were two government shutdowns. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:35:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 40880 at http://kbia.org Not-So-Fond Memories From The Last Government Shutdowns Secretary Napolitano Finishes Up At Homeland Security http://kbia.org/post/secretary-napolitano-finishes-homeland-security Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Today is Janet Napolitano's last day as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Napolitano is leaving Washington D.C., heading for California, to become at the end of this month, president of the University of California System. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 09:05:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 40063 at http://kbia.org Cincinnati's Airport: Best In The U.S.? http://kbia.org/post/cincinnatis-airport-best-us In the grand days of railroad travel, passengers arrived in monumental terminals. There was grandeur, style and comfort — qualities that today's equivalent for long-distance travel, the airport, mostly lack. Especially in the United States.<p>In a survey of international travelers by the British firm Skytrax, not a single U.S. airport ranked anywhere near <a href="http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards_2013/top100.htm" target="_blank">the top of the list</a>. Singapore got top honors, while the best the United States could do was Cincinnati's airport — which came in at No. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:23:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39801 at http://kbia.org Cincinnati's Airport: Best In The U.S.? Sleepy, Southern And Segregated: What D.C. Was Like In '63 http://kbia.org/post/sleepy-southern-and-segregated-what-dc-was-63 Fifty years ago this week, when hundreds of thousands of demonstrators came from across the country to take part in the 1963 March on Washington, the city was not yet the cosmopolitan capital that it arguably is today.<p>But it was a mecca for African-Americans, says historian Marya McQuirter.<p>"Washington was definitely a different city 50 years ago," she says, "for a number of reasons. By 1957, it had become the largest majority black city in the country."<p>That was, in part, because of "white flight," she says, but also because D.C. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:48:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39462 at http://kbia.org Sleepy, Southern And Segregated: What D.C. Was Like In '63 Hitting The Road Without A Driver http://kbia.org/post/hitting-road-without-driver The cars we drive have gotten ever more sophisticated. They can just about park themselves; they tell us if we're drifting out of our lane; they can prevent skids. Some even automatically apply the brakes if they sense that a collision is imminent.<p><a href="http://www.cmu.edu/corporate/partnerships/gm-lab.shtml">Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University</a> in Pittsburgh are developing a car that can do all of those things and more — it can actually drive itself. Imagine that commute to work.<p>The car, developed with General Motors, is by all appearances a normal Cadillac SRX crossover. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:28:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39027 at http://kbia.org Hitting The Road Without A Driver Can Congress Figure Out How To Rescue The Post Office? http://kbia.org/post/can-congress-figure-out-how-rescue-post-office The U.S. Postal Service lost some $16 billion last year and continues to bleed red ink. Congress has been unable to agree on a rescue plan.<p>The latest proposal would allow the post office to end Saturday delivery in a year and enable it to ship wine and beer.<p>The Postal Service's woes are familiar: People don't really send letters anymore, so first-class mail is down, and Congress makes the post office prepay future retiree benefits to the tune of $5.5 billion a year.<p>Democratic Sen. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:58:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 38538 at http://kbia.org Can Congress Figure Out How To Rescue The Post Office? Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks http://kbia.org/post/obama-nominee-irs-chief-has-history-tough-tasks The Internal Revenue Service, under attack by congressional Republicans, has been operating without a permanent commissioner. President Obama nominated John Koskinen on Thursday for what might be seen as a thankless job.<p>The president called his nominee "an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform." But Koskinen will have his work cut out for him, starting with his Senate confirmation hearing.<p><strong>History With Struggling Agencies</strong><p>Koskinen, 74, is a familiar figure in Washington policy circles. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 38195 at http://kbia.org Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks Lack Of Leaders Puts Strain On Homeland Security Department http://kbia.org/post/lack-leaders-puts-strain-homeland-security-department Janet Napolitano's announcement that she'll be stepping down as Department of Homeland Security secretary after four years on the job leaves an opening at the top of the key Cabinet agency. But it's not the only job opening at Homeland Security.<p>Fifteen top posts at DHS, including secretary, are now vacant or soon will be. Many are being filled on a temporary basis, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want the Obama administration to get busy filling those jobs, too.<p>The DHS was formed some 11 years ago, after the Sept. 11 attacks. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:19:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37527 at http://kbia.org Lack Of Leaders Puts Strain On Homeland Security Department